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  1. Good evening, please excuse if I am posting on the wrong forum. In 2003 VA denied my claim for chronic sinusitis, re: environmental hazard conditions/burn pit during my deployment in theatre, Southwest Asia during the Gulf War. Post new legislation re: VA recognizing Presumptive Conditions for Burn Pit Exposure, I resubmitted a supplemental claim. I was granted 10% for chronic sinusitis. Effective 9/20/21 Am I eligible for retroactive pay as far back 2003 due to the new legislation? I submitted a HLR late November 2021, as expected no action to date. Has anyone experienced this or have guidance on back pay. Thank you for your time.
  2. Was approved for TDIU ON FEB1, 2021. I am having issues getting any straight answer from the VA as to when i will receive my pay raise and retroactive pay. I spoke with the fiduciary hub today and they told me that the funds were approved for release on Aug 17Th, and now its up to the Appeals Management Center to do whatever it is they do to make the deposit happen. does anyone know how long THAT could take, or did i just get another canned answer? Any advice, encouragement, or the number to the AMC would be greatly appreciated. Everyone i talk to have said that i shouldn’t have waited this long. thanks!
  3. Hello, Amazing forum, I've been searching through it endlessly and happily seeing fellow Veterans are being taken care of! I was awarded 60% (50% service connected PTSD and %10 for Tinnitus) in 2015. Upon going through my records (VA Problems) I found that I was diagnosed by the VA Dr. in 2012 (within 1 year from returning from Afghanistan) with "Nightmare disorder" (has anyone seen PTSD diagnosed as this?), Insomnia and Tinnitus. Even prescribed Prazosin by the VA Dr which was for PTSD (I had suicidal thoughts while on this and discontinued use). This was NOT a C&P exam but a VA appointment. My initial claim did not have PTSD listed or tinnitus, as I filed a claim again, 3 years later and was awarded both. Do I have any ground to stand on in terms of retroactive backpay for the 60% from 2012-2015 since I now have documentation showing this was relevant at the time? This was never submitted to the claims before, so it would be "New information". Thank you for any input!
  4. Back in August 2020, my HLR asking for earlier effective dates for several disabilities were granted. Some of these effective dates went all the way back to 2010, so I got a nice chunk of retroactive pay. I had back surgery in 2014, a left ankle surgery in 2015, and a revision surgery in 2016 from the left ankle surgery. Since I was not service connected for any of these disabilities at the time of the surgeries, I did not claim temporary 100%. They all ended up in the appeals process and were finally granted with effective dates well before the surgeries. I just submitted new claims for temporary 100% for all 3 of these surgeries on December 15, 2020, and I see that the VA has already ordered exams. There are plenty of recent exams that they could go on from March 2020 when I had exams for these so they could be rated. I was just wondering if anyone had done this before. I would probably get a couple thousand dollars if all 3 are approved. That first left foot surgery was a long recover with a cast and a boot for several months.
  5. Hello, if i am awarded tdiu 100% what happens when other claims that i have on appeal that were never rated will i recieve retroactive pay for those claims ?
  6. Okay, I am hoping someone can help, and that this all makes sense. I recently submitted a claim for left shoulder secondary to right shoulder (residuals). My right shoulder was at 0%. I did a C&P exam (they scheduled it for an outside facility and I am currently trying to get the notes from that exam)-the exam was for both shoulders, and they upped my right shoulder to 20%, deferred my left shoulder, and are requesting another C&P exam. So, my question is this: I received the decision letter and it states that for evidence, (they list numerous things), but one part says, "VAMC treatment records to from October 2006 through September 12,2020. " I know that I have complained of shoulder pains throughout the years, but, when I look on my HealthyeVet reports, it only shows imaging for the left shoulder from 2015, but, again numerous complaints of (both) shoulder pain throughout the years. Can i: A)submit a CUE claim for the right shoulder (as this has been percentaged for disability) since they used medical records stated on my "evidence" (and so one must assume they used that in determining their decision). B) if they will not accept a CUE claim for the right shoulder, since there is imaging for the left shoulder from 2015, can I submit a CUE claim for left if it is secondary to the right (right disability they back dated to Sept. 2019, when they received my claim)?... Here is a copy of the decision letter for the right shoulder.... • VA Form 21-0966, Intent To File A Claim For Compensation and/or Pcnsion, or Survivors Pension and/or DIC, received September 30, 2019 » VA Form 21-4138, Statemcnt in Support of Claim, received December 5, 2019 » VAMC (Veterans Affairs Medical Center) Bay Pines, Miscellaneous Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) - Medical Opinions, dated August 26, 2020 and July 23, 202() • QTC Disability Benefits Questionnaire, SHOULDER AND ARM CONDITIONS, dated September 12, 2020 • VA Form 21-526 EZ: Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits, received December 5, 2019 • VAMC (Veterans Affairs Medical Center) Bay Pines treatment records to include C.W. BILL YOUNG DEPT OF VAMC, from October 25, 2006 through September 12, 2020 • VA Form 27-0820 Report of General Information dated August 25, 2020, • Private Treatmcnt Records- C.W. BILL YOUNG DEPT OF VAMC, datcd June 29, 2018, rcceivcd December 5, 2019 • Written correspondence received from you, dated and received March 20, 2020 • Section (§) 5103 Notice Response, received March 20, 2020 REASONS FOR DECISION The evaluation of right shoulder bicipital tendonitis (previously rated as residuals, right shoulder musculoskeletal strain) is increased to 20 pcrcent disabling effectivc September 30, 2019. (38 CFR 4.1, 38 CFR 3.400) The effective date of this grant is September 30, 2019. The increased evaluation has been established from the day VA rcccived your intent to file (ITF) a claim for compensation. (38 CFR 3.155, 38 CFR 3.400) We have assigned a 20 percent evaluation for your residuals, right shoulder musculoskeletal strain based on: • Painful motion of the shoulder. (38 CFR §4.59 allows consideration of functional loss due to painful motion to be rated to at least the minimum compensable rating for a particular joint. Since you demonstrate painful motion of the arm at the shoulder, the minimum compcnsablc evaluation of 20 percent is assigned) Additional symptom(s) include: • None of the clavicle or scapula The provisions of 38 CFR §4.40 and §4.45 concerning functional loss due to pain, fatigue, weakness, or lack of endurance, incoordination, and flare-ups, as cited in DeLuca v. Brown and Mitchell v. Shinseki, have been considered and applied under 38 CFR §4.59. A higher evaluation of 30 percent is not warranted for limitation of motion of the arm unless the
  7. Hello everyone, I just received an increase to 50% for my migraine headaches (Thank you Dr. Valette) in June 2020 and TDIU in July, effective date for both is March 11, 2014. My questions are: 1. Am I correct that the VA subtracts the amount I was rated at in 2014 from the total amount of my migraine/TDIU retroactive pay? 2. What do I do, if no matter how I calculate my retro (calculated using past VA Compensation charts and a few online back pay calculators) the VA past-due is amount is wrong?
  8. I have a question about retroactive pay, my disability compensation is being taken to recoup my separation pay until 09/2021. I want to add both my parents as dependents which will give me retro-pay. Will that retro pay be recouped from me?
  9. Hi, and thanks so much for answering in advance. Asking for a good friend and her husband. The question is according to tax law Disability Pensions, military and government disability pensions, retroactive VA determination. What is a VA determination letter granting retroactive benefits? What does that letter look like? We were asked by the IRS to provide a copy of this letter ,after we admended our taxes, that we don't remember seeing, Also, WE THINK THAT SINCE WE ARE DISABLED OUR RETIREMENT SHOULD NOT BE TAXED. we are both 100% as well. Please help... Receiving both Pension and VA disability..thanks
  10. I submitted my claim to the VA in September 2015 and the VA increased my original rating effective August of 2016. The amount of retroactive pay due based on the dates described has not been received. In April of 2018 after contacting the USCG PPC (RAS) office (by phone) I was informed (by email) that the Audit Error Worksheet (AEW) was completed and sent to the VA Central Office on April 10, 2017 and was told that the VA Central Office is working on the files we sent them in February 2017. The email I received described the following AEW process. "The process works like this: PPC (RAS) automatically sends your Audit Error Worksheet (AEW) to the VA and then the VA also conducts an audit to ensure each agency (Coast Guard and VA) is paying you the correct amount. Once PPC (RAS) has processed your AEW, we will send you a letter notifying you that your AEW was completed and sent to the VA. All AEWs are sent monthly to the VA Central Office for upload to Veterans Benefit Management System (VBMS). The VA Central Office has one person that reviews and uploads all Coast Guard retiree AEWs into the VBMS system. Each file can contain up to 600 AEWs. Then the VA Regional Offices (VARO) are notified that they have new cases to process. Currently the VA Central Office is working on uploading February 2017 AEWs. (As described in the email I received on April 5, 2018.) If you contact the VA asking if they have your AEW that was completed after February 2017 they will tell you they do not have your AEW and to call the Coast Guard. Be advised the VA does have your AEW however, it has not been uploaded in their system yet so the VARO's can't see it. The Coast Guard and the VA are currently working on improving the AEW process from a manual to an electronic process. However, it will take time to get this initiative implemented between the two agencies and will take time to get the backlog caught up. Additionally, be advised that PPC (RAS) does not mail/email/fax a retirees' AEW or provide dollar amounts to a retiree. Also, we do not send AEWs to a VARO office on behalf of a retiree. This is due to the fact that PPC (RAS) does not want to give the retiree incorrect information since the VA has not yet completed their review of your AEW to ensure it is correct." My question is since the USCG (apparently) verified that the AEW (however, it has not been uploaded in their system yet so the VARO's can't see it) it created regarding my VA Claim is withIN an office within the DVA but That I cannot contact the DVA to ask if they have my AEW that was completed after February 2017 and that I will be told that they do not have my AEW and to call the Coast Guard. Is this the (Round Robin) standard that currently exists? In September of 2015, it will be three years since I applied for my increased disability rating and close to two years since I received the described monetary increase, could someone please let me know that I am not the only one this is happening to. Rob Grant, QM1, USCG (Ret.)
  11. back in 2011 I filed for a plethora of disabilities that i received during my time in the air force as a load master. I was given an 80% rating. One of the claims was for depression an ptsd. However, I missed that c&p appt (i forget everything) and i obviously was not given a rating. However, I was sent a letter that says: "You were denied service connection for depression/anxiety/stress because you did not report for the scheduled exam in order to determine if the current disability began on active duty and to obtain sufficient information for evaluation of the disability. Although there is a record of treatment in service for anxiety/depression/stress, no permanent residual or chronic subject to service connection is shown by the service medical records or demonstrated by evidence following the service." Now this was sent to me in 2011. Since then ive received a ton of treatment but ive also have had some unfortunate events happen as a result of the depression, anxiety, anger etc (jail, a stint at the mental health clinic, even a broken hand twice on two separate occasions on 2 separate faces, and few more incidents. i am working so hard on controlling my frustrations with the world and i am taking my meds and getting counseling - i hate living like this because i physically cant control it. And i was never like that prior to 06' my join date). so my question is what exactly does that quote from the va mean? does it mean that they recognize i was treated for depression during active duty but due to me missing the appointment, they need more information? And if i were to file a claim for depression and ptsd - and i were to receive the 80% I need in order to be rated 100%, how would the back pay work? Would the date go bak to my initial 2011 date? Or would they back pay me from the current date of filing? Sorry for the long post - thanks for the help. Also am i correct in saying that they would only be paying the difference between the 80% pay and the 100% pay right??
  12. Hey all, I am a retired US Army vet, did 26 years. So i receive retirement pay and a disablility check from VA (CRDP). I received a intitial 60% upon retirement. I apllied for a upgrade in all areas of my disablity in June 2014 (effective date). In May 2015 i was raised from 60% to 80%, an additional 500.00 a month started in June 2015. However, now its Jan 2016 and I have never seen any retroactive pay from June of 14. I have called anyone I could think of on the VA call list My answer at the best is you are on the list pending, pending, we are currently working on backpay for 2012. The owe me 6,000 plus. I dont know who else to contact. Any suggestions or do I just have to wait?
  13. I was proposed to be incompetent, so I presented all the evidence possible to convince the V.A. that although my injuries are extensive; I am competent. I waited for about 1 1/2 years for the V.A. to decide that I am in fact able to handle may own affairs and rate me "competent". According to the letter I am rated as competent and I shall continue to receive my full payment. However, I have not received any back payment or retroactive payment. When I called the Hot Line they told me that it will take between 10-45days to process. It is now 97days later and I still have not seen any action taken by the V.A.. As I continue to call them, they state that I do rate a large sum for my retroactive pay but, no one knows who to contact. I am at a loss. I don't know who to contact to get this moving or why it is taking them so long. Does anyone have experience with this.....? I really just want to pay the bills that stacked up while I could not work and had no way of paying..... I am not trying to build a savings account. Please anyone advise.
  14. Just received an increased percentage rate from 40% to 70% w/ spouse 1 child, due to a CUE claim. I am owed VA retroactive pay from Sep 2011-present. My questions are: What is the average time to receive retroactive pay from the VA AFTER DFAS has paid you their portion? I received $15K today from them. I already received the VA letter stating how much I was entitled to & how much I actually received for those years mentioned above. Any idea? Just want to know if I'll be waiting years for the back pay now. Thanks!
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